Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad

  • BoonieCU Posted: 06/16/09
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    Delicious but I made a few adjustments. I used marinated mozzarella for extra flavor. I added quartered cucumber and used Israeli couscous. I will certainly make this again.

  • nyfoodie Posted: 09/11/09
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    This was a good, solid recipe. Very simple, traditional flavors. I wouldn't give it 4 or 5 stars because it that interesting. It's good and sure to be a crowd pleaser at a pot luck though b/c it's so approachable. Made as is - w/maybe a splash more olive oil and a bit more cheese. Did it all by taste so not entirely sure...

  • foodieforpeace Posted: 08/29/10
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    From the first read, I was questioning the lack of an acid(lemon, vinegar) but tried making it as it stood. BLAND! I tweaked, trying white balsamic, red wine vinegar and finally hit the mark with fresh lemon juice. Took it to a picnic and it was enjoyed. Loved the fresh basil, added parsley for more fresh buzz. Will make it again with changes.

  • stacypaige5 Posted: 09/19/09
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    My boyfriend and I love this recipe. I tend to use a bit less than what it calls for in shallots only because they tend to over power the dish. I also use a flavored couscous like Parmesan or garlic and olive oil. I make double the recipe so we have it to eat throughout the week.

  • Katelaine Posted: 02/05/09
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    I think this would have been great had I used real fresh mozzarella. All I had on hand is the ball of "fresh" they sell in the packaged cheese section (by the Kraft). It's a lot firmer than real fresh, so it was an odd texture in the salad. I wouldn't recommend that substitution!

  • emmalee123 Posted: 07/05/10
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    This is a delicious recipe that I plan to make several more times this summer. It's extremely refreshing on hot summer days and quite easy to prepare. I did add a bit of balsalmic vinegar and extra salt to this recipe. To make it a bit more of a filling meal for my husband, I add marinated chicken breast and serve with crusty bread. Yum!

  • Patty46 Posted: 10/25/10
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    Try growing your own lemon Basil! Its to die for. Smells like lemon with out touching it. Wonderful.

  • kathraff Posted: 07/09/10
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    Delicious! I cut way back on the shallot because I really don't like raw onion, but this was really really good. I also halved cherry tomatos and used just plain couscous. Will for sure make this again and serve to company.

  • msesquire Posted: 04/27/10
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    This is a great recipe, especially for cookouts and potlucks. It is easy and tasty. The only changes I make are that I use the Far East Pine Nut Couscous in lieu of plain couscous, and sometimes I pour a balsamic reduction over the top.

  • Natalie137 Posted: 05/08/11
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    This is a warm weather staple in my house and a crowd pleaser. I've never made it with the shallots, as I didn't have them on hand the first time I made it, and I usually add a bit more garlic and olive oil than called for in the recipe.

  • Cheryl242 Posted: 01/13/12
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    This was a nice, comfort food kind of salad. It was pretty bland, but had a good mild flavor to it too. I used red onion, having no shallots, and that tasted good in it. I did, too add some balsamic vinegar the second day to see if it would spark it up a bit, and it did add a little zing. Think I'd add a little more mozzarella cheese, too, as it was a little scarce in the salad. Don't know if I'd make it again. The cost was pretty high, considering the fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes. So it may not be too high on my priority list as far as salads go.

  • SusanK99 Posted: 02/26/12
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    Good, I doubled the garlic.

  • bmoxie1212 Posted: 02/03/12
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    I love this fresh salad. A great way to use up extra basil or tomatoes (I have added more of both). Also, one way to add more flavor is to cook the couscous in veggie broth instead of just water (but just watch the salt if you do this). Also, I sometimes add a dash of balsamic vinegar at the end and a mixture of cherry yellow and red tomatoes.

  • CindyW Posted: 07/16/13
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    The was easy, quick, and oh-so-wonderful! We wished we had leftovers, but just means we'll be making it again very soon!

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